Tag: appropriate language

Nov 14

Where to start your story

Where to start your story Before the session members should read ‘Finding Inspiration for your Writing’ The opening paragraph of a story can determine whether the reader is enthused, curious and eager to read on, intrigued….. Think about ordinary places, shops, car parks, bus stops, seaside promenades, petrol stations…. Extraordinary or just interesting, unusual or …

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Mar 11

Writing Group Session: Writing Dialogue

Writing Group Session: Writing Dialogue Before doing this writing group session, please ask the group members to read the link here Writing Dialogue (Part 1) Task 1 Write a piece that could be an extract from a longer story, or novel. It needs to be written as part of the  text, as it would appear in a …

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Jan 23

Writing Endings for your Stories

Writing Endings for your Stories Bringing a story to a satisfying and satisfactory ending is an important skill. If you write, as many do, by letting the story unfold, with minimal advance planning and no real idea how it is going to end then it takes discipline to decide on the best type ending. If …

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Jan 17

Keep it Short

Keep it short   You are going to write a very short story with, a beginning, a middle and an end in 500 words. The aim is to write well, keep the language concise (read Economy of Language before beginning this session) and to make it crisp and well paced. NB. A beginning does not …

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Jan 08

Writing about violence

Writing about violence 1. We will start with a short piece of writing describing a scene in which two children are fighting. They can be any age from about four years to fourteen. Decide what they are arguing about and describe what happens as they get into a physical tussle. How does it start? What happens? …

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Dec 27

Punctuation

Punctuation Starting from very little information Explain: You are going to be given a short passage. Read it to yourself, carefully. Do not read it out loud or ask questions at this stage. Think about what could be happening, what could have happened so far leading up to this, who is speaking/writing, what might happen …

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Dec 12

Writing in Different Ways

Writing in different ways We are going to do three short pieces today and talk about different ways of writing about the same thing. 1. Write a short piece, a scene from a fictional story, in which someone is accused of something. eg A child is accused by a classmate of stealing from his coat …

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May 15

Writing for Radio (Activity)

Writing for Radio (Activity)   Ask the members to read ‘Writing for Radio; Advice and Information’ before the class. Talking books or a programme like ‘Book at Bedtime’ are mostly a matter of finding a skilled reader with a good reading style and voice. Radio Plays are a very different matter and call for a …

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Apr 28

Writing for Radio

Writing for Radio   Writing for radio obviously has constraints and conventions that are specific to the medium.  Talking books or a programme like ‘Book at bedtime’ are mostly a matter of finding a skilled reader with a good reading style and voice. Radio Plays are a very different matter and call for a writer …

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Mar 08

Viewpoint

Viewpoint Think about these ideas about viewpoint and then do the tasks. Discuss the following questions. If there are more than five members you could ask them to discuss them in smaller groups and then report back, for further discussion. Questions that you might consider when reading a story, and, just as importantly, if not …

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